What exactly is meant by due regard being had to?

I can’t understand the use of being had in such sentences.

I mean only that due regard to can be used instead of it.

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    It means it was probably written by a lawyer; why use "considering" when you can use 5 words that almost but not quite mean the same thing 😀
    – Dale M
    Aug 11, 2015 at 12:44
  • Haha..thank Dale..and yes..I was reading a law book. :D Aug 11, 2015 at 12:47
  • Where it a chemistry book, the sentence might have read"due regard being had to avoid dropping the sodium in the water". We wouldn't want any explosions, would we? Aug 11, 2015 at 13:10
  • Does it mean that we use 'due regard being had to' to show attention, concern or notice?..like in an example- Court can order for winding up of company due regard being had to the interest of the creditors. Aug 11, 2015 at 13:29
  • @SaloniAgarwal Yes; unless the rest of the sentence has some odd construction which negates the usual meaning. Aug 11, 2015 at 13:46

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"due regard being had to" has often been used by the British lawyers who have been decorated with honors. There is nothing wrong with that usage. That is the correct English.


Being Had: I have always heard this term used for one who has just been fleeced, fooled , or led down a winding garden path to nowhere by a clever scoundrel or fraud. Examples: A victim tells his tale of woe to a close friend after someone has defrauded him out of a sum of money for a job never done. Friend 1's lament: "I've been had!" I smile to myself when I hear a departing gust say to his host after a television interview: "Thanks for having me on!" REALLY!

  • The OP is asking about 'being had' as part of a longer phrase. (Though this is true and funny, it is only tangential to the question.) Dec 2, 2023 at 21:34

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